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From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Day Tour with Wine Tasting

1. From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Set off on your full-day tour from Lisbon and discover one of the most scenic parts of Portugal's countryside. Make your way through Alentejo with its magnificent plains filled with olive trees, vineyards, and cork oaks. Make your first stop at Évora, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the most beautifully preserved medieval towns. Take a guided tour inside the Roman Temple, one of the best preserved Roman structures on the Iberian Peninsula. Your guide will also show you around the must-see Chapel of Bones. Take time to admire the ornate architecture of the Cathedral of Évora. Your second stop will be the graceful medieval village of Monsaraz, one of the oldest in Portugal and built within the walls of a castle. Taste one of the best wines in Portugal with the views of one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe. At the end of a full day of sightseeing, return to Lisbon.  Treat yourself and your family or friends to a private experience with pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Lisbon, Cascais, or Ericeira. Alternatively, you can opt for a small-group experience and meet your guide outside one of two central hotels.

Evora and Megalithic Circuit 10 Hour Private Tour

2. Evora and Megalithic Circuit 10 Hour Private Tour

You will travel south from Lisbon crossing the 25 de Abril bridge, and the landscape will begin to change after getting to the Alentejo region. The olive and cork trees, the immense plains, the golden soil, the blue sky… Alentejo will overflow your senses! Firstly, on the tour, you will visit to the Almendres Cromlech, a testimony of pre-historic Human presence in Alentejo.  Next the city of Évora counts thousands of years of history. You will explore the city highlights and discover its one thousand and one stories. You will appreciate the beauty of this magical city. The city holds a historical centre and is a total surprise. Inhabited since time immemorial, it is still possible to appreciate Roman remains, surrounded by medieval buildings. You will observe the historical centre, the Cathedral and the Bones Chapel. Thereafter, you will visit Monsaraz, a beautiful medieval village at the top of a plateau, where you will be able to see the Alentejo magical plain. Discover the joys of Alentejo, the enchanted region of Portugal! Full itinerary is 10 hours. Hotel Pickup; Almendres Cromlech; Evora: Historic Centre; Evora: Roman Temple; Evora: Cathedral; Evora: Bones Chapel; Lunch: Free Time; Monsaraz; Hotel Drop-off.

Évora Private Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

3. Évora Private Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

Explore the rich history of Évora, a historic city of the Alentejo, on a full-day self-guided tour from Lisbon. Founded by the Romans in 57 BC, Évora possesses a rich and extensive cultural heritage that has been preserved through the ages. Learn about its conquest by the Moors, whose influence can still be seen in much of the city center. Explore the period of the Manueline Favour when Jesuits founded the university in 1559. Along the way, see an outstanding megalithic archaeological site, one of the most ancient in Europe. Marvel at the magnificent landscapes en route to the Roman Temple in the UNESCO-classified historic city center. Visit the Cathedral of Évora, built after the city was re-conquered from the Arabs in the 12th century. An undoubted highlight of your day will be a visit to the Capela dos Ossos. Go to the small, interior chapel next to the Church of St. Francis and enter rooms decorated with carefully arranged human bones and skulls held together by cement.

From Lisbon: Évora Private Historic Discovery Tour

4. From Lisbon: Évora Private Historic Discovery Tour

This tour is designed for history lovers and will show you the city’s varied collection of historic landmarks. After relaxing on the trip (1 hour 30 minutes) from Lisbon to Évora, you reach this UNESCO World Heritage city. You'll be transported back to Roman times, then past the Moorish occupations, all the way through the middle ages, and then back to today's Portugal. You'll discover the history of the Roman Temple, often incorrectly referred to as the Temple of Diana. You will also enter the famous Sé Cathedral, the largest medieval cathedral of Portugal. It was built between 1186 and 1204 and was only finished to its final beauty in 1250. Your guide will show you the cloister, basilica and then you will go all the way up to the rooftop to have a fantastic birds-eye-view over the whole city. Then you will explore the creepy Bone Chapel, with its carefully arranged skulls and bones of about 5000 people that cover the walls and columns. It is supposed to make visitors reflect on the inevitable facts of life and death. Make sure you look up at the inscription on the entrance, which reads: "We bones that here are, await for yours." As well as the above sites, you'll also have the chance to stroll along the Giraldo Square and discover many other historic details of this city and see the locals way of life. Not to forget, you should try some of the simple local gastronomic specialties if you get hungry. At the end of the tour, you'll be driven back to Lisbon.

Évora: City Highlights Private Half-Day Walking Tour

5. Évora: City Highlights Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Join your guide as you explore the historical treasures of Evora which have survived for centuries. See the cathedral, one of Evora's top attractions, built between 1186 and 1204. Discover the Roman Temple, one of the best preserved Roman monuments on the Iberian Peninsula. Explore the Praca do Giraldo, the town's lively main square, and visit the historical university founded in 1559. See St. Francis Church with its Bone Chapel, the local market, and Portugal's famous cork products, such as bags, shoes, and wallets.

From Lisbon: Private Customized Small-Group Tour to Evora

6. From Lisbon: Private Customized Small-Group Tour to Evora

Discover the wonders of the ancient city of Evora on this customized tour. Want to see the finest Gothic building in Portugal? Then visit the 13th-Century Cathedral of Evora. Stop off where you like and see the sights you want to at your own pace. Start off your sightseeing experience with a pickup from your driver, jump in the car and enjoy the ride. Immerse yourself in this old but vibrant city, known for its cobbled streets, medieval palaces, and plazas, all within its ancient walls. Visit The Roman Temple of Évora, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Want to see something chilling? Be sure to stop at the Church of St Francis. The eerie Bones Chapel is decorated with human bones and skulls, which will send shivers down your spine.

Evora and Monsaraz: Wine and Gastronomy Tour

7. Evora and Monsaraz: Wine and Gastronomy Tour

The city of Évora counts back thousands of years of history. You will be taken you to see the city highlights and hear its 1,001 stories. You will definitely appreciate the beauty of this magical city. The historical center will come as a complete surprise. Inhabited since immemorial times, it is still possible to appreciate Roman remains, surrounded by medieval buildings. After visiting the historical center, the cathedral and the Bones Chapel, you will head to Alentejo to a beautiful local winery for a wine tasting. Sample regional products such as fresh bread, cheese, cooked meats, and jam. After lunch, head to the village of Monsaraz village, a fortified settlement established in the Copper Age. Admire the influence of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in the architecture and traditions of this ancient village that has been inhabited by members of these three religions.

Lisbon: Private Tour to Évora and Cork Factory

8. Lisbon: Private Tour to Évora and Cork Factory

Take advantage of a convenient pick-up at your hotel and hit the road to Évora from Lisbon. Enjoy a flexible itinerary that can be tailored to your needs as you explore the local sights. Visit the Cortiçarte, a cork factory, and learn about the process of stripping and transforming cork. See the Roman Temple, known as the Tempo Diana, and explore one of the symbols of the Roman occupation of Portugal. See the medieval Cathedral of Évora, built on the foundations of a Muslim mosque. Stand at Giraldo Square, a site of religious public penance during the Inquisition. Discover São Francisco Church, built in the 15th and 16th centuries to replace an earlier Gothic temple. Marvel at one of the more macabre local sights, The Chapel of Bones.

From Albufeira: Évora and Monsaraz Private Day Trip

9. From Albufeira: Évora and Monsaraz Private Day Trip

Sit back and enjoy your journey to Alto Alentejo region where you will visit the city of Évora, part of the Human Heritage list from UNESCO. The first place to explore is the Giraldo Square one of the most emblematic spots in town, right in the heart of the city. From there walk to 1st of May Square where you will find São Francisco Church and the Chapel of the Bones. After that, you can take a break to have lunch in one of the many restaurants in the Old Town. The next places to visit are the Cathedral of Évora and the Roman Temple of Diana dated from the 1st-century A.C. Finally, we go to the Medieval village of Monsaraz suspended in time, the historic village, one of the oldest in Portugal, is a mandatory destination, where you can freely explore the beautiful streets and go to the Castle. This village is on a top of a big hill and is surrounded by the biggest lake in Europe, so be ready to enjoy some 360º stunning views from up there before returning to the Algarve.

Évora & Alentejo Wine Tour Full-Day Private Tour

10. Évora & Alentejo Wine Tour Full-Day Private Tour

Explore the cultural tapestry of Évora, capital of the province of Alentejo, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Passing through a rustic landscape of olive and cork trees, journey 81 miles (130 km) south of Lisbon to reach the outer vineyards of this well-preserved treasure. Walk through the whitewashed Old Town to visit Évora's most famous landmark, the Roman Temple. Its large Corinthian columns date back to the first century, the era of Emperor Augustus. Another breathtaking stop will be the Cathedral of Évora, one of the most important Gothic monuments in Portugal. Then head to Saint Francis Church with the "Bones Chapel", or Capela dos Ossos, which is completely decorated with human bones. Don't miss the University of Évora, a former Jesuit college built by Cardinal-King Henrique in 1559. Afterwards, stroll through Évora market to admire the colorful and tasty ingredients used to create some of the Portugal's most marvelous dishes. In the afternoon, head to the Herdade do Esporão (near Reguengos de Monsaraz) to visit an important wine cellars in Portugal.

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What people are saying about Cathedral of Évora

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11 reviews

So glad we took this tour to the Alentejo region. Our guide, Marco, was terrific. He was flexible, friendly and informative. He stopped for us first at the "Stonehenge" of the Alentejo, which was most interesting, then we toured Evora with its interesting cathedral. Also had an excellent lunch there. Then on to Monsaraz, which is a beautiful spot high on a hill, all whitewashed buildings, with an amazing 360-degree view. The wine tasting was excellent, and we had time for a little shopping as well. A long but very rewarding day!

We had a wonderful trip with Marcus as our guide. He was very friendly and knowledgeable, and provided lots of information about the culture and history of the locations in Evora and Monsaraz. The Chapel of Bones was a big hit with our 11-year old. We had a great lunch in Evora at a restaurant that Marcus recommended. Overall an engaging day with opportunity to see some new areas in Portugal.

It was worth visiting Monsaraz and Évora. Beautiful landscapes. Excellent service from the guide Rodrigo, polite, attentive and well prepared, answered all our questions. I recommend this tour!

Wonderful tour with our guide Rodrigo. Did wine testing at lovely Monsaraz near the Spanish border. Evora was amazing, great food, beautiful churches and Roman temple. Highly recommend

This was a fun trip. A bit of a ride out there but great to get out of lisbon and see the country side.